Tom Felton Meets the Superfans

Tom Felton Meets the Superfans

The idea of being a superfan is something that isn’t a new concept but in the past ten years has evolved into its own world. With technology making it easier to connect with celebrities and conventions being the new thing for fans to attend to show their obsession, Tom Felton dives into the lives of superfans to see why they do what they do.

Felton is widely known as Draco Malfoy from Harry Potterand overthe past decade, he’s become recognisable all over the world and has gained superfans of his own. The documentary decides to focus on one woman named Tina who has been avidly following Felton for years and has even become friendly with his family and friends.

This special chooses to use this as a running story line mixed in with interviews of other superfans and Harry Potter stars such as Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and the author herself, J.K. Rowling.

It was interesting to see how Felton narrated the whole thing. At times it was heartfelt, like when he met a fan who had overcome depression with the help of Harry Potter or when another fan battled bullying with advice from the series.

A scene I particularly enjoyed was when Felton got to meet and interview William Shatner. It went terribly with Felton stuttering and calling him Captain Kirk constantly, but really showed how starstruck one can get, and for someone like Felton to be so genuinely flustered was refreshing to watch.

What I wasn’t too fond of was how Felton flip-flopped constantly between thinking that superfans were extremely weird people and just ordinary individuals. I saw how he was trying to expose the stories each one of them had, but his changing perspective just seemed too quick and forced.

The redeeming factor that saved the documentary for me was the different perspectives you got. J.K. Rowling was able to talk about how people are not so much obsessed with her and rather the books she created. Radcliffe and Grint talked about the difference between being into a character versus the actor themselves. Felton showed a variety of fans that all had varying goals and perspectives.

This documentary is a good show of the positive sides of superfans and gives those who are superfans validation for their obsession and those who aren’t a better look into their world.

Tom Felton Meets the Superfans is on BBC Three at 9PM on March 23rd.